Constance Sallie Taylor of Chadds Ford

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Constance Sallie (Reichard) Taylor, 94, of Chadds Ford, on the afternoon of July 18.

She passed at home with her daughter Cindy at her side, listening to music and stories of wonderful family times, and following a day-long visit by her four children and other family members.

Constance Sallie Taylor

Constance was born in Allentown on New Year’s Eve 1925 to the late Lulu Lillian (Lichtenwalner) and George Washington Reichard. She had one brother, George Edgar, who died last year, and a half-sister, the late Elizabeth Brown.

Connie had two great loves in life: her family and music. She graduated in 1947 from West Chester State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science in music education. Her instrument was the piano. Her first teaching job was a newly created one – to introduce a music curriculum to rural schools in the Allentown countryside.

Connie married Frederick Taylor of Chadds Ford in June 1949, moved to West Chester, and continued teaching for a time. She became involved in church music at Brandywine Baptist Church in Chadds Ford, then was organist and choir director for many years at Bethlehem Methodist Church in Thornton. She was a Soroptimist member and enjoyed bowling.

She and Fred started their family in 1951 when Frederick Harper Taylor Jr. was born and grew to a family of four children. She gave up teaching to focus on her children.

Connie encouraged her husband during his work at Ford Motor Co. in Chester, then in his new business, Taylor’s Service Center in Chadds Ford, which they purchased in 1964 and is still family-owned and operated today. Fred died Dec. 22, 1995.

In her later years, Connie frequently stayed with her daughter, husband, and their son in Landenberg and wintered with her daughter in Southern California, where Connie made new and beloved friends. She traveled to many places in the United States and Europe.

Connie is survived by her children Fred Jr. (Beth); Cathy (Robert); Cindy (Larry) and David (Helen). She is survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Connie lost a beloved grandchild earlier this year, David Jr.

The family is immeasurably grateful to Dr. Jean Stretton and nurse Mary Warrener, of West Chester; Home Helpers; Holisticare Hospice; Nancy and Jim Bonsall; the Brodoway family; and violinist Andrew Voghts for helping this gentle, musical soul pass peacefully forward.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests support for Community Hospices of America Foundation c/o Holisticare Hospice, 685 Kromer Ave., Berwyn, PA 19312. Donations may be made online at chafoundation.net/contribute-online. Please indicate Holisticare Hospice so the funds can be applied to those patients.

Visitation will be 10:30 a.m., service 11 a.m. Friday, July 24, at Brandywine Baptist Church, 1463 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Funeral arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square. Constance will be laid to rest next to her husband at Brandywine Baptist Church cemetery.

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